Strong en­tries, strong winds for Cup

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIEDS - Shane Ni­chols

THE Port Dou­glas Yacht Club is well pleased with this year’s Mickey Ink Race Week.

There was a par­tic­u­larly strong con­tin­gent from Townsville that pushed en­tries to around the level hoped for, re­flect­ing the mar­ket­ing ef­fort that has gone into that re­gion by spon­sor Mickey Dous­set and club sec­re­tary Christie McDowall.

“They all had an awe­some time and I be­lieve they’ll all come back again next year,” said club man­ager Richard Sta­ple­ton.

The weather played its part too.

Strong winds around 30 knots for much of the week meant there was plenty of ac­tion on the wa­ter and spec­tac­u­lar sail­ing as yachts jousted for po­si­tion and set their spin­nakers.

“I don’t think any­one can com­plain about the weather, it’s been 20-25 knots all week, ev­ery­one had a fan­tas­tic time,” Rich said.

“In the 10 years I’ve been here this is prob­a­bly the most suit­able we’ve had for the re­gatta.

“About four years ago it was 0-5 knots. Peo­ple were go­ing crazy.”

The rac­ing was close all week, in fact in most di­vi­sions the top places were up for grabs right un­til the end of rac- ing.

The win­ners of the four di­vi­sions:

Di­vi­sion 1 - Brava, skip­pered by Tony Moller

Di­vi­sion 2 - No Le­gends, skip­pered by Guy Car­ton

Di­vi­sion 3 - Bare­foot, skip­pered by Wazza

Di­vi­sion 4 - Kaizen 2, skip­pered by Bruce Clarke

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Run­ning home, fly­ing the big han­kies

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